Sunday, 1 March 2015

London Fashion Weekend #LFWEnd

One of my yearly highlights is London Fashion Weekend, this is the event, held at Somerset House, that is open to the public after London Fashion Week, each February and September.

Yesterday I went along with Carol to go see the delights of the Trend and Designer catwalk shows - and they did not let us down!

After breakfast at Paul's, a really nice cafe just up the road from Somerset House, we headed in for 10am.

Once we collected our goody bags, this year designed by Pringle of Scotland who are celebrating 200 years, we had a good look around the designer market stalls.  Here you can shop at show discount prices, for lots of different accessories & clothes.  The day also included a glass of bubbly and front row seats to the shows which are worth the extra price!  



HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE TREND SHOW

Angela Scanlon hosted the shows, and she talked through the four key trends; Hyper Florals, Shimmer & Shine, Make It Monochrome and That Seventies Show - all of which I'll be exploring more over the coming weeks on the blog, but for now here are some of my favourites!













HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE DESIGNER SHOW

The Designer show on Saturday was Halston Heritage - a luxury American fashion brand founded in the 1960's by Roy Halston Frowick.  I'll write another blog that goes into more detail about this designer, but for now here are the highlights from the show, starting with my very favourite one - isn't this a dream dress!








The best dress at the show was given to this guy - front row at the Trend show - we all loved his pink suit, and Angela made him get up and give us a twirl!



And finally, if you can… the front row is the only way to go!





Later this week I'll be heading to Oxford Fashion Week for the Cosmopolitan show - if you want to find out more about this or book your own tickets - click here.


Thursday, 26 February 2015

5 mins for...

This weekend I'll be heading off to  London Fashion Weekend at Somerset House - I'm sure if you are in the city this weekend too you could still sort out a ticket to get in!

Here's my latest edition of 5 mins for - so grab yourself a cuppa and a biscuit and have a read of this:



The founder and former owner of My-Wardrobe.com, Sarah Curran has launched a new online shop this month, in partnership with Very.co.uk. called Very Exclusive.  This site is giving shoppers designer brands but allowing them to spread the cost over three months - making those high-end purchases easier to manage.  You can view the new site here and you can read Vogue's review here.





Oxford Fashion Week starts 2nd March to the 6th - I've booked my ticket for the Cosmopolitan show!  This annual event showcases designs from fashion graduates, established designers, and cutting edge artists, in fabulous venues around Oxford.  I've not been before so I'm very excited and you'll get to read all about here on my blog.  If you want to find out more or book yourself a ticket then have a read here.





The Wedding Dress exhibition at the V&A Museum, comes to an end on Mothering Sunday (15th March).  But as one finishes another one starts.  The new & exciting show will be Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. It kick starts on 14th March and goes on until 2nd August 2015, it will showcase this very talented designer's creative masterpieces, read about it  here.





Want to know what's my favourite app?  Or what I would take to a desert island?  If you didn't get to see my blogger interview for Bathrooms.com, then take a read of it here.  I also give some tips to those who are thinking of setting up a blog themselves.








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Friday, 20 February 2015

I'm loving...

In the last couple of weeks I've invested in a few pieces which I'm really loving!  I've purchased Moto boots from New Look, a luxury fine knit top from the Somerset collection by Alice Temperley and one I've yet to wear but it will be making it's debut appearance this Saturday night, is my denim shirt from Mango!

While it's still cold it's hard to think about Spring/Summer clothing but over the next few weeks I'll be writing about what trends are in this season, but for now I'll leave you with these three loveable items!


Dark Denim Shirt
Mango
£17.99
This is not only a great price, it's also a fab fit with soft denim cotton.







Black Triple Buckle Strap Shearling Lined Biker Boots

Or I personally refer to them as Moto Boots
New Look 
Was £34.99, now £17.00 (bargain price too which makes me love them MORE!)
Available in black or brown





Pointelle Jumper
Somerset by Alice Temperley (John Lewis)
£59
I've gone for cream, but you can also get it in black
Opt for a tight fit so that the arms create the right effect when you are wearing it





Sunday, 15 February 2015

Recipe: Blueberries & Oats Smoothie




I'm writing this post at 8:45 this morning, as I've just tried a new combination of ingredients for a smoothie and I love it - so thought I better share it with you now before I forget it!

Sometimes some smoothies I make are very tasty but are not filling me for up a good few hours, no one wants to be snacking within a couple of hours of their breakfast! So I've been looking at numerous recipes to see what I can do about this.

One suggestion I've read was to add porridge oats - at first I thought "I don't think so" but now that I've seen it on various recipes I thought "let's try it".

So just before bed last night I soaked a third of a mug of gluten-free porridge oats with cold water, and this morning the mug was full to the brim with creamy soft oats.

I added this in with all my other ingredients. Another new ingredient for my breakfast smoothies is coconut milk, for me this makes it creamy and adds a little more sweetness.

All in all I loved it my new recipe - so I hope you will give it a go too!

Recipe:

  • 1/3 mug of soaked gluten-free porridge oats (for at least one-hour or overnight)
  • 1 banana
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 small green apple
  • 2 teaspoons of Linwoods' milled flax, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame seeds & goji berries
  • Frozen blueberries 
  • KoKo brand coconut milk (add depending on the thickness you want)

And then blend.


Enjoy
x


I realised later in the morning that how would you know whether this filled me up or not?! I can confirm quite happily that I was full till lunchtime :)





Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Come fly with me - Camel & Leopard print

My travel essentials - via Lovedbylizzi on Instagram



The last few blog posts have included my fabulous Ted Baker camel coat; and I wasn't planning on blogging about it again until I saw a number of articles this week about Victoria Beckham and her stylish chic camel coat that she wore whilst travelling.




Vogue describes her looks as "chic and cozy" and points out her leopard print bag.  This image is from Vogue and you can read the full article here.

Being a huge fan of VB, I'm quite pleased she is copying me, but she's actually copying me twice!!  My recent Instagram image from Venice that shows my Linea leopard print bag - one of my essentials for when I travel!  I love leopard print as it mixes in well whatever your wearing, black, camel or denim.  I use this bag for airport travel, on the beach, shopping or sometimes as an overnight bag - it's my go to bag!

So it looks like camel and leopard print is very much in…. I just may need to invest in some camel trousers ;)





Sunday, 8 February 2015

What I Wore - Birthday Celebrations

So I've turned 40.

There, I've said it!

And since turning 40, I have been one very lucky girl!  I've had a surprised weekend trip to Venice with my husband; I've been to Champneys in St Albans, their Day Spa for pampering in preparation for this trip.  And then last night I got to have dinner with ten gorgeous girlfriends - how fabulous is that?!

With so many celebrations, I needed to do quite a bit of prep to make sure I didn't have to worry about what to wear.



It all starts with the basics: good skincare, pedicures, manicures and of course the boring old waxing!!  

As I knew I would be wearing several different dresses and outfits over a number of days, I had to think about what would work best to compliment everything.  With gold peep-toe shoes for two of my dresses in orange/red I opted for Victoria Beckham's new nail colour Judo Red by Nails Inc for my pedicure.  

And then for my manicure I knew this would feature a lot in the photos so I wanted a dark prominent colour, so I chose a dark plum colour as this is fairly neutral and would work with black, red and camel - the main colours I would be wearing - hopefully you agree in the photos below.




I didn't know I was going to Venice so high-heels were a big mistake!  Never mind, sometimes you have to go with the flow.  The first night I only had to walk around the corner in my platform golds to our restaurant,  the next night though as we had to walk a good 20 mins I opted to wear black boots - although it felt strange it didn't turn out to be too bad.

My red dress above is from Wallis (last season) and the black dress on the right is from Whistles (Autumn 2013).  My gold clutch which I use all the time, is from Linea, House of Fraser (from ages ago) - I love it as it has that vintage feel to it.  All my evening outfits were kept warm with my black faux fur coat.




Daytime saw me in jumpers, jeans and boots with my camel coat - although it was bright and sunny, it was very cold!  But my Ted Baker coat worked perfectly - and I teamed it up with my Chanel sunnies and my Missoni gold scarf which I bought in the sale at Bicester Village (Autumn 2014).


And then to last night, we had dinner in Zaza's in Berkhamsted and I opted to wear colour - I love this bright orange dress, again from Wallis (last season).  I teamed it up with gold accessories with both new and old jewellery.  You'll see my plum JustGel nails from Champneys had lasted 8 days and this was going to be their final outing!

It can be challenging to have numerous outfits over a short amount of days; as you don't want to look the same in every photo but with a good range of versatile accessories, this lets you mix and match with different outfits which really helps.

I didn't purchase any new dresses for my nights out - sometimes the ones we have hanging in our wardrobes are just perfect!






Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Recipe: Super boost your yogurt!





Super boost your plain natural yogurt with some really healthy options, it makes it more interesting to eat and you'll be giving your body nutritions that it may not be getting from your every day food.

You'll need:

  • Organic natural yogurt
  • 2-3 teaspoons of crushed nuts - you can use any, above has cashews and walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons of Linwoods' milled Flax, Sunflower, Pumpkin, Sesame seeds & Goji berries
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of Bee Pollen (I purchased mine from Holland & Barrett)
  • Handful of dried raisins, berries & cherries


Sprinkle, stir, eat & enjoy!  x


Special Note:  If your serving this up to friends or family then make sure you check they do not have any allergies to nuts, seeds or bee pollen.






Sunday, 25 January 2015

One Ted Baker Camel Coat - Four Ways To Wear It



On Black Friday last year I treated myself to this gorgeous camel coat from Ted Baker - I'm so pleased I did  as I was going to wait for the New Year sales but this coat has not be in it!

Every visit to John Lewis, I would find myself back in the Ted Baker concession checking to see if this coat was still there! Ted Baker have this belted coat in a variety of colours, but for me having natural Autumn colourings I went for one of my own base colours - this guarantees it will work with most of my wardrobe.

For such a large investment you want to make sure you get your monies worth - I feel if you can wear an item in a number of different ways; then this is one step closer to getting great value for money.

Even Ted Baker online refer to it's versatility: "There's a million ways to wear this chic wool-blend coat. Crafted with a touch of cashmere for softness, the effortless style is offset with a button collar."

So here are my four ways of wearing this one coat, but I'm sure over time I will be styling it many other ways too!



Going solo - no accessories, just how Ted Baker designed it. I love wearing it this way, because not everyday do you want to wear a scarf, with the high-collar I find this keeps me really warm!





Faux Fur Hat - I purchased this hat when I was at Little Kimble races last Easter for about £10 - I love it! Over Christmas I was in London on a freeeezzzing cold day and I wore this with my faux fur black coat, I was toasty.  I'm loving it with this coat, and with a city break coming up in the next week, this will be one of my looks for the day.





Faux Fur Collar - Fur trims are very much in this season, I purchased this faux fur collar from Esty, I was really pleased with the service and delivery as it was made and delivered from America.  Another one I will be packing in my case, as this will add some glam (as well as warmth) especially heading out in the evenings.





Colourful scarf - The easiest way to add some colour, is simply to add a scarf.  For me this bright red works with the base colour of my coat and highlights my face with warmth.  I purchased this scarf just before Christmas from H&M, I think it was as little as £7.99 - bargain!



So simple, and all very easy to mix and match!  You can purchase this coat from Ted Baker - NEVIA Belted wrap coat for £299